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Mangani Banda: Zambia’s Chief Gate Keeper Of Korea Dream

If there is one man the Zambia U-20 national team will be looking in keeping their FIFA world cup dream going, it is Mangani Banda.

The 19-year old has made the number one spot his to lose in junior ranks and has stood out in all the junior tournaments he has starred. Mangani was the best gloves man during the 2012 Zone Six games that Zambia hosted and featured a U-17 side.

The Mtendere Township bred talent has added a Cosafa U-20 medal and the Africa Cup crown to his growing reputation.

A product of the 2012 Zone Six Games that fielded an Under-17 team and won silver, Banda has held down his place and was between the sticks in 2015 when Zambia competed at the Under-20 Africa Cup in Senegal.

Banda has continued to match the promise of his talent with match winning performances. He was named as the Total U-20 Best gloves-man and also added to that accolade by being named Man of the Match in the final of the Africa Cup which Zambia won 2-0 against Senegal.

His place in the 2016 Zambian Super League champions Zanaco where he competes in the starting XI with Racha Kola and Toaster Nsabata is testimony of his unquestionable talent.

Maybe as the debate about who takes over the number one spot in Chipolopolo colours from the long serving Kennedy Mweene rages on there could be just that possibility the Mangani could leap ahead of the queue.

Coaches over the years have had a try out at Dave Kaumbwa, Joshua Titima, Danny Munyao and Jacob Banda, but the question has yet to be settled conclusively.

When it comes to consistency, Under-20 first choice goalkeeper Banda holds a lot of promise. A product of the Chipolopolo junior ranks, Banda provides one of the biggest hopes to one day take over the number one spot at senior level.

The 19-year old is an admirer of 2006 World Cup winner and Juventus legend Gigi Buffon. He will be the gatekeeper of Zambia’s world cup dream in South Korea.

FACT BOX

Mangani Banda

Age: 19

Date of birth: 13:07:1997

Club: Zanaco

Position: Goalkeeper







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